Gaming for Glasgow with Celtic FC Foundation
IN May, 2013 Celtic FC Foundation began an education partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University focusing on Digital Education. One of the collaborations is Gaming for Glasgow, a Project which sees five East End schools make their own digital games, audio and animation.
Gaming for Glasgow has been awarded a silver medal at the Scottish Universities and Colleges Commonwealth Education Awards.
Dr Gianna Cassidy who has led the project for Glasgow Caledonian University with Dr Morag Ferguson(pictured above with Tony Hamilton, Celtic FC Foundation CEO and Dalmarnock Primary Head Teacher Nancy Clunie) said today: “This partnership has been an amazing experience, thanks to the staff, students and mentors who have dedicated their time and talent to make it a success.
“Celtic FC Foundation’s investment in Digital Education in the East End of Glasgow has given schools a platform for developing skills and connecting with others.
“Gaming for Glasgow has been an absolute joy to be part of, and the GCU team have found the project a very fulfilling exercise and a great mix of good fun and learning. We look forward to extending the partnership, in fact we’re already planning next year’s project!”
With over 200 staff, students and pupils involved in the project, it is an intensive educational exercise, with tutorials in school and at GCU in game design and programming, creating animation, audio recording and editing, post production skills , artwork and storytelling
School teachers are helped with professional development classes and a research study is taking place in parallel to capture the outcomes emerging from the project.
Celtic FC Chairman Ian Bankier, who visited the participating schools with Glasgow Caledonian at the beginning of the project, said: "Glasgow has a good and growing reputation in the creative industries and Digital Education at college and university level
“It´s great to be part of a programme like this. It gets the skills and the appetite for learning down into the Primary schools which need partnerships technically and financially to be able to deliver the curriculum and teacher training. That´s real Games legacy in the making”.
Margaret McFadden, Head Teacher at Croftcroighn School said: “We were delighted to have been involved in what we see as a ground-breaking and unique opportunity to work with the University. It’s been an immensely motivating and fun-filled learning journey. We look forward to developing the partnership in the future.”
Croftcroighn joined Celtic FC Foundation’s Music Programme in 2013. Pupils have additional support needs and the music programme is delivered through specialist technology and additional tuition from Drake Scotland. The skills developed on the Music Programme have been used as part of the Digital Animation project.
Matthew Traynor, acting Deputy Head at St Denis’ Primary said: “St Denis’ Primary’s programme with Celtic FC Foundation has provided us with opportunities we just couldn’t otherwise access. MasterClasses from top industry figures and this initiative with the University have been a sensational learning experience.”
St Denis’ and Haghill Primaries have a joint project with Celtic FC Foundation’s Digital Education Programme focusing on creating a Centre of Excellence in Moving Images Education, and collaborated with The Caledonian Club at GCU. Celtic Learning Centre provides further support for the schools’ joint efforts in Digital Education including web site building and development activities.
Nancy Clunie, Head Teacher at Dalmarnock Primary said: “The team from Glasgow Caledonian have been a real joy to work with and that’s translated into pupils’ appetite for learning. Primary Schools need partnerships to be able to deliver this kind of learning. We are delighted to have been involved and to see the University recognised in this way.”
Dalmarnock Primary joined Celtic FC Foundation’s Digital Education Programme in 2013.
Celtic FC Foundation and GAA Easter Camp a huge success
CELTIC FC Foundation and the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) teamed up to provide an Easter Holiday camp for boys and girls aged 12 to 16.
This highly-successful camp – the first of three planned for 2014 – took place at St Ambrose High School in Coatbridge, and the activities included Gaelic Football, Soccer and lessons in lifestyle choices.
The event was supported by North Lanarkshire Leisure who provided the facility free of charge and the local Coatbridge Davitts Gaelic Football Club.
The weather was very kind with clear skies and sunshine for most of the time and close to 70 youngsters from all backgrounds and levels of ability took part in the four-day camp.
The coaching was provided by experienced Celtic FC Foundation and GAA coaches.
A telling factor in the success of the camp was the excellence of the facilities. A beautiful grass pitch was utilised for the Gaelic Football and a state-of-the-art astro-turf pitch provided for the Soccer.
The school staff were extremely welcoming and helpful, which made the running of the activities so much easier for the coaches.
The youngsters were divided into three groups according to age, and they were given equal times in each sport.
On the final afternoon all the participants were presented with a certificate highlighting their ‘fair play and sportsmanship’ and a souvenir T-shirt with the logos of Celtic FC Foundation, GAA, Coatbridge Davitts and North Lanarkshire Leisure.
Tony Hamilton, CEO of Celtic FC Foundation, said: "It´s been a fantastic start in Coatbridge to our three Scottish events with GAA and this is due in no small part to the excellent facilities provided free of charge by North Lanarkshire Leisure.
"The benchmark has been set really high and we now have a standard to equal in both Inverclyde in summer and back in Glasgow in October. The weather was also kind to us and the young people involved have benefited greatly from the experience.
"I´d also like to thank Dr Joe Bradley from the University of Stirling for the work he did both in preparation and in in delivery. Similarly, the planning and execution from both GAA and Celtic FC Foundation coaches and personnel has been exemplary."
North Lanarkshire Leisure spokesperson, Sport Development and Inclusions Manager Eddie Dollochin, is delighted with the progress of Gaelic Football as a means to bring youngsters from a range of ethnic, social, economic and religious backgrounds together.
A recent partnership with Celtic FC Foundation has also brought together two bodies to share and promote these positive values.
He said: “A key aspect of what we do is foster, encourage and support equality and diversity within North Lanarkshire and increase sports participation.
"Gaelic Football is but one of a number of activities we support and develop and it has been a success story in recent years.
"To see girls and boys not only playing at St Ambrose but competing at national and international level, as these kids playing Gaelic have been doing for the past couple of years, is a tremendous achievement.
"Our linking with the wider GAA and Celtic FC Foundation for part of the project has been highly beneficial to many youngsters.”
Get your running shoes on and support Celtic FC Foundation
THIS year’s Great Scottish Run in Glasgow will take place on Sunday, October 5, starting in George Square and finishing at Glasgow Green.
Have you already signed up or are you interested in taking part? If so, would you consider raising funds for Celtic FC Foundation?
Celtic FC Foundation is a registered charity in Scotland. Our priority areas are Health, Equality, Learning and Poverty and our enhanced remit includes direct delivery of social projects in our local communities.
Your support through the Great Scottish Run will be invaluable to us and will specifically assist our work challenging poverty in the Glasgow area.
The main event includes:
10k (entry fee £25)
Half-Marathon (entry fee £31)
The two-day initiative is not only focused on the above but also incorporates a family day on Saturday, October 4:
Toddler Dash (0-5yrs): 100m (entry is free)
Junior Run (9-15yrs): 2.5k (entry fee £6)
Family Mile (3yrs +): 1 mile (entry fee adults £6, children £4)
Last year Neil Lennon and Garry Parker joined Celtic supporters in completing the 10k race (picture above).
You can register your official participation HERE
To support Celtic FC Foundation through your efforts, please contact us following registration on 0141 551 4321 or firstname.lastname@example.org
. We will provide a fundraising pack including sponsor form, guidance to set up an online fundraising page and t-shirt. Thank you for your wonderful support.